Welcome to WISE-Decade

The Spring 2017 Collection is now closed.

LTSB sent a statewide submission of annexations to the U.S. Census Bureau for the Boundary and Annexation Survey on March 1, 2017.


The WISE-Decade platform is a suite of mapping tools that assist counties and municipalities with the legislative and legal requirements mandated by Wisconsin state law.



The following applications will help
streamline and simplify these required processes:






Important WISE-Decade Information


The U.S. Census Bureau is asking each municipality in the state of Wisconsin to please update and/or confirm the contact information for their highest elected official. Updates to this contact information must be done by the municipality. All county and municipal updates regarding boundaries are handled by the state (LTSB) and the county in which your municipality resides. Contact Information Form Link

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Consolidated BAS & Data Collection Mapping Tool


What is BAS/CBAS?

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS) annually to collect information about selected legally defined geographic areas. The BAS is used to update information about the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units in the United States. The Census Bureau uses the boundary information collected in the BAS to tabulate data for the decennial and economic censuses, and annual estimates and surveys such as the Population Estimates Program and the American Community Survey.

To reduce the burden on local governments, and avoid the duplication of efforts, the Census Bureau offers consolidation agreements under the ‘Consolidated BAS’ (CBAS) program to counties that are interested in submitting boundary changes on behalf of the legal governments (incorporated places and minor civil divisions) within their jurisdiction. Once a local government agrees to the consolidation, the local government will no longer receive BAS materials from the Census. Instead, the county BAS respondent will be solely responsible for providing LTSB with all boundary updates.  Then LTSB will submit all data on behalf of the state to the Census Bureau.  For more information about the Consolidated Boundary and Annexation Survey (CBAS), please refer to the Census Bureau's website

Why did we create WISE-Decade CBAS?

Wisconsin local and legislative redistricting is mandated by our state's constitution to use U.S. Census tabulated geography for creating districts. Historically, most counties and municipalities have not participated in BAS; therefore Census TIGER lines do not correctly align with local data in Wisconsin. To minimize the effort it takes for locals to submit data to the Census, we had previously created a desktop ArcGIS ArcMap Add-In that was widely well-received, but providing data and application updates for the user base has been difficult. To further minimize local efforts, and eliminate these types of issues, we have created a web based application utilizing ArcGIS Server and the ArcGIS JavaScript API.

What does the CBAS/Data Collection application do?

The CBAS/Data Collection application compares U.S. Census Bureau geography with local municipal data to generate a symmetrical difference, automatically enters the required attributes, filters for Census defined acceptable changes, and flags potential annexations not yet submitted to, or absorbed by, the U.S. Census Bureau. To format your data so it can be submitted to CBAS, please see the WISE-Inspector tool below. If you need help using WISE-Decade CBAS application, please refer to: WISE-Decade CBAS/Data Collection Tool Help Documentation.


WISE-Inspector: A data preparation tool for CBAS undefined

Ward data needs to be in a specific format before it can be used by WISE-Decade CBAS. To help users submit their data, LTSB-GIS has created an optional ESRI ArcMap add-in tool called WISE-Inspector. The WISE-Inspector add-in helps you easily prepare your data for submission to CBAS by moving through different steps of checking, editing, and reviewing your ward attribute data. It results in a ready-to-upload zipfile.

Please download the appropriate version of the tool to match your version of ArcMap:  


If you need help using the WISE-Inspector tool, please refer to the WISE-Inspector help document







WISE-LR: Wisconsin Shape Editor for Local Redistricting

The third generation of WISE-LR is now available

As with previous versions, the primary purpose of WISE-LR is for local government officials to draw their ward and supervisory districts. Additionally, the site may be used by any geographic boundaries where population matters! This may include school districts, special tax districts, aldermanic districts or many others. The system is designed to allow easy collaboration, data sharing, and data file creation. This will be the same system used in local redistricting in 2021, but the system will be available for any of these other uses as a module of WISE Decade.

If you need help using the WISE-LR application, please refer to: WISE-LR Help Documentation.



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